What started out as a dream is quickly becoming a reality, and that is a very good feeling. I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but I can't quite explain it any other way. Having grown up as a young kid on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I remember hearing about Haida Gwaii my whole life, and it's magic, it's beauty and incredible history, but I just never made it up there.
So instead of just thinking and dreaming about it, I decided to take the plunge and commit to the trip. As luck would have it, many of my friends on Facebook were able to suggest several teachers working in a few different Haida Gwaii communities, and so after contacting them all, I have secured several student and teacher media education workshops while I am there.
I will be bringing with me 5 iPads, tripods, animation sets and a lot of materials to make Digital Stories, Documentaries and Animations, but I will be working with as much equipment that is available to the teachers and students there, in order to encourage continued media project creation long after I am gone.
The trip will begin for me October 14th in Montreal: I fly to Vancouver, ferry across the Georgia Strait to Nanaimo, Greyhound bus up to the Northern area of Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, take a 22 hour ferry ride to Prince Rupert, and then another 8 hour ferry ride to Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. After a few workshops in that community, I will make my way up to Masset in the North. I have also contacted the Haida Gwaii Museum and Old Masset Youth Program, as I would like to reach out to as many groups as possible while I am there.
I'm so excited to learn more about the Island, see the natural beauty I've only heard about, and share media production skills with the teachers and students I meet. The countdown is ON.